Granite is a natural stone with a timeless aura and appeal. Granite is a very hard substance and is not susceptible to scratches. When you have to set down a hot pan fast, granite can take the heat without being damaged or weakened. It can be very resistant to stains and won’t absorb liquids when it is properly sealed.
Wood offers a natural beauty that will enhance the appearance of any kitchen. Wood types include maple, cherry, oak, birch and teak. It provides an excellent work surface. Damage can occur if water sits on the countertop too long or seeps into seams. Since wood is softer than tile, stone and metal, its more susceptible to dents and scratches.
Quartz countertops are engineered stones that are sturdy and completely non-porous. They are stain and crack resistant which makes them antibacterial in nature. Quartz is heat-sensitive so you can’t keep pots and pans straight from the flame on it. It is also sensitive to UV light so it cannot be used for outdoor kitchens.